5 Movies Based On True Stories Where Art Imitates Life

Tuesday, December 27 by Joseph Gibson

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<p>Ideas for movies are everywhere: Video games, comic <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/books/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>books</a>, and Bruce Springsteen songs. But occasionally, filmmakers look to the real world for cinematic ideas. In these cases, the phrase “based on a true story” is often used, often regardless of how true to the real story the <a href=movies are. Still, it can be fun to watch a movie under the belief that the characters and events in it are at least remotely connected to how it really happened. Here are five such movies, for your viewing (and maybe even learning) pleasure.

The Wrong Man

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Alfred Hitchcock was never known for his strict adherence to the facts, but in “The Wrong Man” he ditched his more fantastical instincts and told a true story in a harshly realistic fashion. That story contains one of Hitch’s favorite themes: The wrongly accused (and in this case, convicted) man. But in his other movies dealing with the topic, the device is more of a vehicle for fun thrills, whereas in “The Wrong Man,” it’s part of a serious examination of a flawed justice system.